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Dairy Industry Asks: Got Big Data?

Oct 31, 2014 |

The bucolic days of the family dairy farm are long gone. Even in places like “America’s Dairyland” (aka, Wisconsin), huge dairy operations that milk thousands of Holstein cows twice a day are an increasingly common site. These days, the dairy industry is all about production. Enter big data technology as “big dairy” becomes the primary supplier of milk, cheese and, at least in the author’s home state, fried cheese curds. Among the big data applications being embraced by corporate farmers Read more…

Data Science Helps Troubleshoot the Datacenter

Oct 29, 2014 |

Data science is being enlisted to help troubleshoot scaled-up IT infrastructure. A data science platform unveiled this week by startup BigPanda seeks to use analytics to automate the increasingly complicated task of IT incident management. BigPanda said its platform analyzes the steady stream of daily IT alerts and essentially triages them into high-level alerts. The startup based in Mt. View, Calif., also announced a $7 million Series A funding round that will be used to accelerate data science product development. Read more…

Content Analytics Gets a Natural Language Boost

Oct 28, 2014 |

Natural language processing technology continues to be integrated with “data exploration” and content analytics as vendors seek to offer better tools designed to help enterprises tap into more data and leverage analytics in real time. Among the leading promoters of this cognitive approach to data exploration is, of course, IBM with its Watson cognitive computing platform. A variation on its earlier data analytics offerings released this week called Watson Explorer seeks to marry natural language capabilities with data exploration and Read more…

Push to Extend Use of Data Tools Continues

Oct 27, 2014 |

An updated of an overarching analytics platform continues the trend toward breaking down organizational barriers to expand access to data crunching technologies beyond just data analysts. San Francisco-based Alpine Data Labs said the latest version of its Chorus analytics platform is intended to help enterprises unify data access and control into a single environment. The Chorus 5.0 release is also said to add functionality that allows corporate managers to leverage their analytics tools to promote collaboration. The updated version also Read more…

Execs Go With Their Guts Until Data Improves

Oct 24, 2014 |

When it comes to appreciating the value of big data and analytics, seeing is apparently believing. That’s among the key findings of a recent data and analytics survey of 1,135 senior executives from industries ranging from energy to transportation released by market researcher PwC, better known as PricewaterhouseCoopers. The data analytics survey sought to define the role played by data and analytics in what the survey dubbed “big decision making,” or “the most significant decisions about the strategic direction of Read more…

Machine Learning Gets a Boost from Google

Oct 23, 2014 |

Search giant Google announced a partnership with Oxford University researchers that will target artificial intelligence applications such as image recognition and natural language understanding. Google said U.K. researchers with its recently acquired DeepMind initiative would work with Oxford AI specialists who earlier this year cofounded Dark Blue Labs. The cofounders, Nando de Freitas, Phil Blunson, Edward Grefenstette and Karl Moritz Hermann, are considering leading experts in the use of “deep learning” for machine understanding of natural language. The researchers “will Read more…

Survey: Mega-Vendors Still Dominate Database Management Market

Oct 22, 2014 |

Industry analyst Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant” survey of the operational database management systems market found a widening gap between market leaders and niche players, identifying only one “challenger,” MongoDB, and a handful of “visionary” DBMS companies. The latter category, according to the annual Gartner survey, includes DataStax, Couchbase and Aerospike, in that order. Heavy hitters Oracle, Microsoft, SAP and IBM continue to dominate the data base management market with four others trying to keep pace among the industry leaders: Intersystems, EnterpriseDB, Read more…

Top Big Data Startups Honored at Strata

Oct 20, 2014 |

Hadoop virtualization startup BlueData took home the blue ribbon at the Startup Showcase competition during the Strata + Hadoop World conference last week. Also gaining recognition were Metanautix, an SQL data compute engine; graph analytics startup GraphLab; and SlamData, which develops an SQL add-on for MongoDB. As we previously reported, BlueData was founded in 2012 by two former VMware engineers, Kumar Sreekanti and Tom Phelan, who wanted to dramatically reduce the complexity in Hadoop deployments. The company’s offering, dubbed EPIC, Read more…

Israeli Startup Looks to Ease Hadoop Rollouts

Oct 20, 2014 |

An Israeli big data processing startup said this week it has secured $3 million in early-round funding and will launch its Hadoop-based platform in the U.S. Tel Aviv-based Xplenty announced Oct. 20 the Series A funding from Waarde Capital and existing seed investor Magma Venture Partners. The funding will be used to expand platform features on its cloud-based processing engine while the company expands globally. Xplenty also announced plans to offer its big data processing technology directly to U.S. customers. Read more…

Predixion Update Seeks to Ease Analytics Deployment

Oct 16, 2014 |

Continuing a trend toward easing the deployment of analytics while expanding access beyond data analysts to decision makers, analytics vendor Predixion Software has released the latest version of its predictive analytics platform. Predixion, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., said Oct. 15 version 4.0 of its “Insight” platform aims to expand access to predictive analytics to a range of production environments in vertical markets like health care and financial services. The company specializes in the “last mile of analytics,” that is, delivering Read more…